Naturally we had to see Frozen, the newest Disney movie over Thanksgiving weekend. And I must say it is incredible! My son absolutely adores the little snowman, Olaf. He provides the comic relief and generally keeps everyone in stitches with his character. I mean, who knew a snowman could have so much personality?! (No offense to Frosty).
But the most “tug at the heartstrings” line is actually Olaf’s. Anna, the heroine, needs to warm up in order to survive, and Olaf, of course, will melt near an open flame. Nevertheless, he races her to the roaring fire at his own peril.
Anna: “Olaf! You’re melting!”
Olaf: “Some people are worth melting for.”
An unlikely and unexpected hero in a family movie. Unafraid of the warmth, the light. Even if it means his undoing. This Advent, I’m drawing parallels from the weirdest places, like from Elf and Frozen. God sends Himself through His only son into the world as an innocent baby, destined to die (i.e melt) for us all. And He is telling us: we are worth melting for. We are worth experiencing this earthly life, the trials and tribulations, and ultimately, death. The same God described in The Greatest Gift who “breathes stars in the dark–He breathes Bethlehem’s Star, then takes on lungs and breathes in stable air. We are saved from hopelessness because God came with infant fists and opened wide His hand to take the iron-sharp edge of our sins.”
And Jesus was never one to do things in the expected way, so why would His birth be any different? “The Light never comes how you expect it. It comes as the unlikely and unexpected–straight into Bethlehem unlikely and the feed trough hopeless, and Christmas whispers there is always hope. It doesn’t matter how dark the dark is; a light can still dawn…God favors the darkest places so you can see His light the brightest.” And from Isaiah 9:2, 6: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine…For unto us a child is born.” He is the Light. He is born for us. We are worth melting for.
The musical pairing for today is “When Love Was Born” by Dave Barnes. I’ve attached a video just so you can hear it because his voice is A-MA-ZING. “The whole world changed when love was born.”
Was Bethlehem white as snow?
Had you walked as far as your feet could go?
Were you scared to death so far from home?
On that winter night when Love was born.
Did Mary cry in that makeshift room?
Did He take too long or come too soon?
Did you calm the One that would calm the storm,
Or did he calm you when Love was born?
Was it a silent night?
Could you hear heaven sigh
Giving this gift of love, saving you, saving us.
Could you hear the angels sing?
Did you rock to sleep the restless King?
Did you kiss the head where they placed the thorns,
Did you feel that sting when love was born?
Do you think He knew what He came here for?
The whole world changed when love was born.
P.S I found a cool video from the Piano Guys that you must see! (Consider this a teaser so you’ll come back tomorrow)